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Einstein's Gravitational Waves Found at Last
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Einstein's Gravitational Waves Found at Last

One hundred years after Albert Einstein predicted the existence of gravitational waves, scientists have finally spotted these elusive ripples in space-time.

The Chips Are Down For Moore's Law
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The Chips Are Down For Moore's Law

Next month, the worldwide semiconductor industry will formally acknowledge what has become increasingly obvious to everyone involved: Moore's law, the principle...

Meet the Soft, Cuddly Robots of the Future
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Meet the Soft, Cuddly Robots of the Future

In 2007, Cecilia Laschi asked her father to catch a live octopus for her seaside lab in Livorno, Italy.

­k Scientists Gain Licence to Edit Genes in Human Embryos
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­k Scientists Gain Licence to Edit Genes in Human Embryos

Scientists in London have been granted permission to edit the genomes of human embryos for research, UK fertility regulators announced. The 1 February approval...

Babylonian Astronomers ­sed Geometry to Track Jupiter
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Babylonian Astronomers ­sed Geometry to Track Jupiter

A reanalysis of markings on Babylonian tablets has revealed that astronomers working between the fourth and first centuries bc used geometry to calculate the motions...

Google AI Algorithm Masters Ancient Game of Go
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Google AI Algorithm Masters Ancient Game of Go

A computer has beaten a human professional for the first time at Go—an ancient board game that has long been viewed as one of the greatest challenges for artificial...

Go Players React to Computer Defeat
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Go Players React to Computer Defeat

For decades, the ancient game of Go has stood out as the one board game that computers couldn't crack.

Enzyme Tweak Boosts Precision of Crispr Genome Edits
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Enzyme Tweak Boosts Precision of Crispr Genome Edits

A powerful technique for editing genomes is now more precise.

Japan's Venus Orbiter Makes Comeback
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Japan's Venus Orbiter Makes Comeback

Japan's Akatsuki spacecraft has entered orbit around Venus, five years after its first attempt failed.

Gene-Editing Summit Supports Some Research in Human Embryos
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Gene-Editing Summit Supports Some Research in Human Embryos

Gene-editing technology should not be used to modify human embryos that are intended for use in establishing a pregnancy, an international summit declared in a...

Artificial Intelligence Called In to Tackle Lhc Data Deluge
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Artificial Intelligence Called In to Tackle Lhc Data Deluge

The next generation of particle-collider experiments will feature some of the world's most advanced thinking machines, if links now being forged between particle...

Biologists Create More Precise Molecular Scissors For Genome Editing
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Biologists Create More Precise Molecular Scissors For Genome Editing

By tweaking an enzyme that cuts DNA, synthetic biologists say that they can make genome editing even more specific—an essential improvement if the technique is...

Genome Editing: 7 Facts About a Revolutionary Technology
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Genome Editing: 7 Facts About a Revolutionary Technology

The ethics of human-genome editing is in the spotlight again as a large international meeting on the topic is poised to kick off in Washington DC.

Leap-Second Decision Delayed By Eight Years
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Leap-Second Decision Delayed By Eight Years

A leap second is gone in the blink of an eye. But a long-awaited decision on whether to ditch these occasional time insertions—which ensure that official time is...

Software Predicts Slew of Fiendish Crystal Structures
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Software Predicts Slew of Fiendish Crystal Structures

Sketch the structure of an organic molecule on a napkin and it may not be apparent that there are millions of possible ways that it could assemble as a 3D crystal...

Artificial-Intelligence Institute Launches Free Science Search Engine
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Artificial-Intelligence Institute Launches Free Science Search Engine

With Google Scholar, PubMed, and other free academic databases at their fingertips, scientists may feel they have plenty of resources to trawl through the ever-growing...

Vast Cosmic Voids Merge Like Soap Bubbles
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Vast Cosmic Voids Merge Like Soap Bubbles

Vast regions of near-empty space in the Universe are growing and shrinking, much as bubbles merge and separate in soapsuds, astronomers have discovered.

Pluto's Geology Is Unlike Any Other
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Pluto's Geology Is Unlike Any Other

Take a pinch of Mars, a sprinkle of Saturn's moon Iapetus and a dash of Neptune's moon Triton—and the recipe will yield something like Pluto.

Brain Scans Pinpoint Individuals from a Crowd
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Brain Scans Pinpoint Individuals from a Crowd

Our brains are wired in such distinctive ways that an individual can be identified on the basis of brain-scan images alone, neuroscientists report.

­se of Personalized Cancer Drugs Runs Ahead of the Science
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­se of Personalized Cancer Drugs Runs Ahead of the Science

As the costs of genetic sequencing fall, oncologists are starting to prescribe expensive new drugs that target the genetic profiles of their patients' tumours,...
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